A starting college football quarterback has decided to forego his final season of eligibility, but he won’t be pursuing a professional career.Old Dominion starting quarterback Blake LaRussa, who led his team to an upset victory over Virginia Tech, is leaving the program.The quarterback will be transferring to a seminary school with plans to be a Christian minister.The Virginia Pilot had more:Old Dominion quarterback Blake LaRussa, a former walk-on who will forever hold a place in Monarch lore for leading a historic upset of Virginia Tech, is walking away, at the height of his career.The redshirt junior from Bishop Sullivan Catholic announced Wednesday that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and enroll in seminary school.“It has been an incredible journey with Old Dominion football, but I would like to announce that I will be moving on from football after I graduate this spring and will be going into full-time ministry,” LaRussa said in a statement released by ODU. “This fall (2019) I will be going to seminary school to start my Master’s of divinity. I am so grateful for all my coaches and teammates who I have grown so close with these past four years.”LaRussa threw for more than 3,000 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season.“I am confident entering this next chapter of my life and excited to pursue what I have always known to be my heart’s greatest desire, and that is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and help people find hope,” LaRussa said.
Next Ambati Rayudu announces international retirement after World Cup snubAmbati Rayudu was not picked in India’s 15-member squad for the World Cup 2019 and then was ignored twice when Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal were sent to England as replacements for the injured Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 23:16 IST HIGHLIGHTSAmbati Rayudu was not picked in India’s 15-member squad for World Cup 2019Rayudu played 55 ODIs for India, scoring 1694 runs at an average of 47.05Iceland Cricket trolled Rayudu on Tuesday, offering him permanent residency after his World Cup snubIndia batsman Ambati Rayudu on Wednesday announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. Rayudu will continue to play in the Indian Premier League. Rayudu had already retired from first-class cricket.Rayudu was not included in India’s original 15-member squad for the World Cup 2019 and all-rounder Vijay Shankar was preferred over him. Chief selector MSK Prasad had stated that Shankar’s 3-dimensional qualities made them pick him over Rayudu, who wasn’t too happy with the decision.Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup ..Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019But then the injuries to opener Shikhar Dhawan and Shankar left the door open for the selectors to pick Rayudu as a possible replacement. Rayudu was even in the standbys list along with Rishabh Pant for the World Cup.The BCCI selectors however, decided to send Rishabh Pant as a replacement for Dhawan (thumb fracture) and Mayank Agarwal for Shankar, who injured his toe during practice. These could have been the reasons behind Rayudu’s immediate retirement, even though the cricketer himself hasn’t stated any reasons for the decision yet.Rayudu has played 55 ODIs for India, scoring 1694 runs at an average of 47.05 with three hundreds and 10 half-centuries. He also featured in six T20 internationals and made 42 run in them.Interestingly, the World Cup snubs gave Iceland Cricket the opportunity to troll Rayudu when they offered him permanent residency after Mayank Agarwal was named as Vijay Shankar’s official replacement in the Indian squad on Monday.Iceland Cricket put out a tongue-in-cheek tweet on Tuesday about how Mayank, who is the latest member to join the Indian team in England, has only three professional wickets at 72.33 and that Rayudu could play for them instead.advertisementAgarwal has three professional wickets at 72.33 so at least @RayuduAmbati can put away his 3D glasses now. He will only need normal glasses to read the document we have prepared for him. Come join us Ambati. We love the Rayudu things. #BANvIND #INDvBAN #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/L6XAefKWHwIceland Cricket (@icelandcricket) July 1, 2019Iceland Cricket also tweeted out the application form for permanent residency in Iceland if the Indian batter intended to take them up on their offer.”Agarwal has three professional wickets at 72.33 so at least Ambati Rayudu can put away his 3D glasses now. He will only need normal glasses to read the document we have prepared for him. Come join us Ambati. We love the Rayudu things,” tweeted Iceland Cricket.Also Read | India should have backed Ambati Rayudu at No.4: Gautam GambhirFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ambati RayuduFollow Ambati Rayudu retirementFollow Indian cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019
The captain and crew members of the crude oil tanker MT Badr were forced to disembark their ship on December 21, while at Burgas anchorage, Bulgaria, by a group of armed men, claiming to be members of the Bulgarian border police, the General National Maritime Transport Company of Libya (GNMTC), owner of the vessel, said.The company informed that the armed men boarded the Libyan-flagged vessel on Friday afternoon and ordered the crew to leave the ship “at gunpoint, under the threat of violence.” Image Courtesy: GNMTCGNMTC added that the men provided no legal documentation or court order to support their action.“The vessel’s communication/AIS system were then immediately cut, meaning that neither the vessel’s owners not any legitimate authority can now contact or track the whereabouts of the ship,” the company added.GNMTC confirmed to World Maritime News that once their crew members vacated the vessel a replacement crew was deployed to the ship, which was seized by Bulgarian authorities. The tanker remains in the anchorage, in the same position.The company’s seafarers have since arrived to their homes, GNMTC added.The ship has been detained by the Port Authority of Burgas since November 2017 over an alleged unpaid mortgage to Bulgarian-based oil and gas contractor Bulgargeomin. The company denies the claims that it owes a USD 9.23 million mortgage on the crude oil carrier and has provided evidence the mortgage was falsified.In January 2018, the Bulgarian Supreme Court ordered the vessel’s release, however, the vessel remained in detention ever since.“This is not only a criminal act, but also a flagrant violation of all international laws,” the company said commenting on the recent developments.“We (…) remain in constant contact with all relevant bodies and maritime organizations-both in Bulgaria and internationally – seeking immediate halt to this corruption and criminal activity.”World Maritime News Staff
(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to face criticism from premiers about the federal approach to pipelines, carbon taxes, oil prices, environmental assessments and a planned General Motors plant closure in Ontario, none of which is specifically on the agenda.Notley also said she doesn’t want to spend time listening to what the federal government says it is already doing to try to address Alberta’s concerns.“It just doesn’t make sense … talking about things that have already happened,” she said. “We don’t need federal ministers to explain to us what they’ve already done. We’re all capable of reading their press releases.”In Ontario, Doug Ford’s office said the Ontario premier is prepared to walk away from the meeting Friday if it does not include specific discussions on the federal carbon tax. Ford was set to meet with Trudeau in Montreal on Thursday afternoon.Sources familiar with the dispute said Ford and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe have not been satisfied by the federal response that the first ministers meeting agenda already includes a discussion on economic competitiveness, a broad topic that Ottawa says will allow premiers to raise all the issues they please.Ontario government house leader Todd Smith said the agenda doesn’t deal with the concerns of the provinces, which include the carbon tax, the GM plant and the oil-price crisis. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’ll have allies in the room to help push talks on the oil-price crisis at the upcoming first ministers meeting.“There is really no province in the country that doesn’t owe Alberta to some degree for their schools, their hospitals, their roads. The fact of the matter is Alberta has to do well for Canada to do well,” Notley said in Edmonton Thursday before leaving for the meeting in Montreal.She noted that forecasts for Canada’s economic growth are already more muted because of the low price Alberta is getting for its oil in the United States and its inability to move its product to ports for shipment overseas. Federal officials have privately conceded that little headway is likely to be made on the official objective of the meeting: reducing interprovincial trade barriers.Asked by reporters in Montreal about the premiers’ dissatisfaction with the agenda, Trudeau refused to engage with the question directly.“I’m looking forward to a productive discussion. I have no illusions that we’re going to agree on everything,” he said.He was to have a private meeting with Ford later Thursday. The formal meeting among all the first ministers is Friday.
TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange rose Friday, pushed higher by the burgeoning energy sector amid concerns that oil supplies could soon be at risk if an advance by insurgents in Iraq continues.The S&P/TSX composite index added 91.98 points to 15,001.61 — a few points shy of its record-close of 15,073 reached in June 2008, just before the Great Recession sent stocks plummeting.The Canadian dollar was down 0.01 of a cent to 92.11 cents US.In Iraq, Islamic militants vowed to march on Baghdad after pushing deep into parts of the country’s Sunni heartland northeast of the capital that was previously controlled by U.S. forces, raising concerns over global oil supplies.The July crude contract advanced 38 cents to US$106.91 a barrel.On Wall Street, U.S. indexes rallied as the Dow Jones industrials rose 41.55 points to 16,775.74, the Nasdaq climbed 13.02 points to 4,310.65 and the S&P 500 saw an uptick of 6.05 points to 1,936.16.Andrew Pyle, senior wealth adviser at Scotia McLeod in Peterborough, Ont., said he saw Friday’s rally as “more of a tentative pickup.”“There is still a very strong possibility that we see the situation in Iraq get worse over the weekend,” he said, adding that it that were to happen chances would be greater that oil could reach the US$110-a-barrel level seen last August and September.“If we were to see that on the weekend, then you would see a totally different picture for stocks Monday then we’re currently seeing for Friday.”Pyle added that analysts and traders have already been questioning whether equities are overvalued going into the summer and that if the energy markets were to go into crisis mode, it would only exacerbate those fears.“Traders believe that fundamentals in the U.S., and maybe globally, don’t support current valuations,” he said. “It’s not to say we would see a significant correction, but the highs that we saw in May and June really require a stronger fundamental picture than what we’re seeing from the world economy.”In other commodities, August gold bullion added 10 cents to US$1,274.10 an ounce, while July copper advanced a penny to US$3.03 a pound.There was also a major acquisition deal for traders to digest as Montreal’s Amaya Gaming Group Inc. (TSX:AYA) announced it was buying the company that owns PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker for US$4.9 billion in an all-cash deal.The acquisition of the Oldford Group, parent company of the Rational Group Ltd., will create the world’s largest publicly traded online gaming company, it says. Online poker platforms PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker are globally popular brands with more than 85 million registered players on desktop and mobile devices. Shares in Amaya gained nearly 42%, or $5.87, to close at $19.95 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
(Stock image)McMaster researchers believe they may have solved the origins of life theory.The results came from early experiments in the planet simulator at McMaster’s Origins of Life Laboratory.The lab is a facility unlike any other in the world and was established by Biophysicist Maikel Rheinstädter, theoretical astrophysicist Ralph Pudritz and biochemist Yingfu Li.The planet simulator is testing a theory that suggests life on Earth began in warm little ponds after meteorites splashed into them about four billion years ago. It recreates those conditions to see whether cellular life can be created and evolve. According to The Canadian Press, the researchers say they have shown that they can create what are known as proto-cells, which aren’t considered alive because the scientists still have to demonstrate that the genetic material in the cells can replicate itself and create proteins. But they say the results are still significant.
On World Tourism Day, the United Nations underscored the potential of sustainable tourism to advance economic, social, environmental and cultural sustainable development. “This year’s celebration comes at a very special time,” said Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at the official UN celebration of the Day in Doha, Qatar, pointing out that 2017 is the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. “[It is] a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come together and promote travel and tourism, as one of the most effective transformative human forces of the 21st century,” he added. Noting the connection between air transport and tourism, he stated: “Both are a force for development and have major responsibilities in building a better and more sustainable world. Both are interlinked, as over half of the people travelling the world today arrive to their destination by air, thus the economic impacts of tourism and aviation are linked.” Acknowledging global challenges, such as climate change, migration and security, the UNWTO chief said, that 2016, 1,235 million travellers crossed international borders in one year. That was almost one-sixth of the people of the world making an international trip every year, “and while doing so, tourism is bringing tremendous benefits to communities, economies and societies.” Generating $3.2 billion of spending worldwide every day, tourism creates one-tenth of jobs globally, represents 10 per cent of world’s gross domestic product (GDP) and is 30 per cent of world trade in services. As the third largest export industry, travel and tourism fuel UNWTO’s long-term forecasts showing that by 2030, the number of travellers will reach 1.8 billion. “But beyond the numbers and the economic benefits, travel and tourism is today a major contributor to a transformation that slowly and gradually is bringing us together, as humans, like never before, in a fast, globalized world,” he stressed. Breaking down stereotypes and enabling people to celebrate rich cultural diversity, is “tourism’s greatest contribution to a better world,” according to Mr. Rifai.
Ohio State women’s coach Bill Dorenkott will now become the coach of both swimming and diving teams. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFor the first time in program history, Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be coached as a combined unit, starting in the 2018-19 season. The man tasked with leading the unit will be women’s swimming coach Bill Dorenkott, who will expand his duties and take over the coaching of the men’s swimming and diving team from Bill Wadley, who retired after 26 years at the helm of the team.This change will be an adjustment for the program in its entirety, which is why the department’s primary focus is completing its staff, Dorenkott said.“So, once we have the staff in place, I think then we’ll take the time to sit down and really map out the strategy in terms of the nuts and bolts of day-to-day, week-to-week and throughout the seasons,” Dorenkott said. “ But I’m confident, one, that we’ll hire the right people, and two, that we’ll put them in the right spots.”Dorenkott recently completed his ninth season coaching at OSU, and has developed great relationships with his athletes on the women’s team. However, during the nine years he has shared a deck with Wadley, he never bonded with the members of the men’s team.“I really only knew the guys in more of an informal way, not on a deep level,” Dorenkott said. “The number one goal right now is to develop relationships and connections with each of the men, and to help them get what they’re looking for out of this experience.”Though the men’s team hasn’t been able to spend much time with Dorenkott, they have been trained by him.“We actually train with coach Dorenkott in the summer, which is why I think we’re all pretty optimistic about the change,” junior Thomas Trace said.The program change was a surprise to many members of the women’s team, but they view the merger as a positive adjustment for their team, junior Amanda McNulty said.“We were not expecting such an immediate change when the men’s coach retired, but overall both teams are ready for it,” McNulty said. “The program change will bring in a lot of new coaches which will be great additions to our current staff.”At the recent 2017 NCAA swimming and diving championships, 32 universities finished among the Top 25 scorers at either the men’s or women’s NCAA championships, and 23 of those schools have combined swimming programs. Since the merger was announced, the teams have practiced together in the pool. The women’s and men’s teams typically still lift weights separately, but they train together in the afternoons, which Dorenkott believes can be beneficial to both teams.“We’ve talked with the guys about some of the things that they want to see out of the combined setting that maybe we weren’t able to offer with the teams being divided, and I think one of those things is just an attention to detail,” Dorenkott said. “When you have a fully functioning staff of six full-time coaches, and you think about having a coach-to-athlete ratio of 12-to-1, that’s pretty neat, and that’s as good as anywhere in the world.”The women’s team is already familiar with Dorenkott’s coaching. Now, they are eager to see what he might accomplish as coach of both teams, McNulty said.“Coach Bill always has a vision and drive for what he wants to accomplish, so I think he’ll do a great job of creating a new team,” McNulty said. “I trust in his process and I don’t think he would have decided to merge teams if he didn’t believe it was going to be great for both the women and men.”
Last summer, when it was time for bookmakers to release the odds on the upcoming NHL season, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights were an afterthought. According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, they had the worst chance to win the Stanley Cup of any team in hockey, at 200-1. How long are those odds? The Cleveland Browns, who are perennially terrible, currently have much better odds (100-1) to win the 2019 Super Bowl.Congratulations to you, then, if you put a few bucks on Vegas at the beginning of the season: All the Knights have done since is finish the regular season with the fifth most points in the NHL, then sprint through the Western Conference playoffs while losing just three games. That torrid run has landed them a spot in the Stanley Cup final — and opened up comparisons with other unlikely Cinderellas. For us, the one that immediately sprang to mind was Leicester City’s unlikely run to the English Premier League title in 2015-16, which also stunned pundits and bookmakers. But which was truly the more impressive feat?Let’s get one thing out of the way early on: The Golden Knights aren’t your average expansion team. In fact, we published a piece way back in October in praise of their expansion roster. We didn’t think they’d win the Stanley Cup — though we were cautious not to entirely discount the upstart desert dwellers — but we also didn’t think they’d be as bad as others in sports media figured they’d be. In terms of goals versus threshold (GVT) statistics,1GVT was developed by Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus and is similar to baseball’s VORP, in that it seeks to determine a player’s value in goals above what a replacement player would contribute. the Golden Knights had the most talent of any expansion team that joined the NHL since 1991.The Golden Knights managed to nab some key pieces in the expansion draft — a former 40-goal scorer plus several former 25-goal scorers and a Stanley Cup-winning goalie who’d been drafted No. 1 overall and was once considered a cornerstone to one of the decade’s most successful franchises. Even then, instant success for Vegas looked unlikely: Since 1991, the average expansion team had only managed to collect 57 points in its inaugural NHL season. But Vegas ended up blowing away those expectations en route to the best expansion season in the history of North American pro sports.Like the Golden Knights, Leicester faced long odds at the beginning of its championship-winning campaign. Infamously, the sportsbook Ladbrokes offered 5,000-1 odds against Leicester winning the EPL title. That number, which was bandied about constantly in the wake of the Foxes’ surprise championship, was probably a sham, set to entice people to place any bets on Leicester at all. The notion of any team having such long odds in a 20-team league is a bit absurd, even by the parity-hating standards of European soccer. To put 5,000-1 in perspective, consider this: Texas Southern’s odds of winning the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament — as a No. 16 seed that had to first get past a play-in game, then rattle off six straight wins over major schools — were only 1,000-1 this past March.The “real” odds of Leicester’s victory were staggering enough, though. Leicester had to play near-perfect soccer for the final two and a half months of the 2014-15 season just to avoid relegation.2The Foxes wound up finishing 14th. According to our Soccer Power Index (SPI), Leicester City was the 12th-best team in England entering the 2015-16 Premier League season. Preseason odds for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons indicate that the 12th-best team in the league would have roughly 465-1 odds to win the Premier League. That may not be 5,000-1 long, but it’s quite long by North American standards. (See Browns, Cleveland, above.)Though there was an argument that Leicester City’s odds should have been even longer, the greater consensus is that bookmakers grossly underestimated the Foxes. (And the bookmakers have admitted as much.) After their championship, at the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Leicester City found itself as the 13th highest valued team in the Premier League according to TransferMarkt, a website that assesses the talent value of each club-soccer player and team.3At the beginning of the 2015-16 season, Leicester was the 19th highest valued team in the Premier League via TransferMarkt, which probably dramatically underrated the team’s roster. But even the 19th-best team in the EPL has roughly 2,400-1 odds on average, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. So no matter how you slice it, those 5,000-1 odds were much too long. Leicester was never the best team in England, even when it won the Premier League crown, but it wasn’t the worst team in the EPL, either. Sure, the league title was improbable — but it probably wasn’t 5,000-1 improbable. That’s why the 465-1 number above seems about right in retrospect.(Here’s more evidence that Leicester City eventually settled into a tier befitting its true talent level: In the two seasons since winning the Premier League title, the Foxes have finished 12th and ninth, respectively. That might look disappointing when compared with their extraordinary 2015-16 season, but it also makes perfect sense when viewed through the lens of the team’s transfer-market value and other metrics.)In the case of Vegas, the Golden Knights’ long odds were certainly influenced by the fact that they were an expansion team — conventional wisdom assumed it was inconceivable that an expansion team stocked with hockey men who’d never played together could win the Stanley Cup. But Vegas’s odds also fall short in comparison with Leicester’s because an improbable championship run is slightly easier in the NHL than the EPL. Hockey has a salary cap to promote balance; soccer teams spend money like it’s going out of style. Hockey’s standings have a wacky loser point to introduce needless confusion; soccer’s table is cold and uncompromising. Hockey’s playoffs are a crapshoot; soccer doesn’t even bother to have playoffs.Of course, like Leicester, Vegas also might return to earth next season. There’s no question that forward William Karlsson has been a revelation,4Part of this must be because he’s played about 42 percent more minutes per game in Vegas than he did the previous season in Columbus, and also that he’s been tasked with more offensive zone responsibility. but his shooting percentage is bound to regress, which means he’s probably not going to be a back-to-back 40 goal scorer. Likewise, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is having by far the best postseason of his career, and one of the best postseasons in NHL history — a feat he’s unlikely to replicate next season. When Leicester City won the Premier League, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez each had the best seasons of their respective Premier League careers. And while each player has been very good since, neither has managed to produce the numbers he did during that magical championship run. The Knights have their share of players who fit the same description.But whether they’ll be good again next year doesn’t matter much to Vegas right now: They’ve already made history as the first NHL expansion team to make a championship series in 50 years. And though the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues did indeed make the Stanley Cup final in their first NHL season, they did so by winning a six-team conference stocked exclusively with other teams playing their first NHL season. The Golden Knights had to navigate a notoriously difficult Western Conference playoff stocked with established NHL franchises. Now, they are just four wins away from becoming the only NHL expansion team to win a Stanley Cup in their inaugural season.Maybe Karlsson only scores 27 goals next year. Maybe Fleury transforms back into the inconsistent goalie we saw in Pittsburgh. If they do so for the defending Stanley Cup champions, though, it’s a safe bet that no one in Las Vegas will care.
Updated 15.00A POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE jolted China’s Sichuan province today near where a devastating quake struck five years ago, killing at least 156 people and leaving more than 5,500 hurt, prompting worries the death toll will climb.The quake — measured by China’s seismological bureau at magnitude-7 and the US Geological Survey at 6.6 — struck the steep hills of Lushan county shortly after 8am, toppling buildings, many of them older brick structures. Tiles fell from roofs and walls collapsed, sending people into the streets in their underwear and wrapped in blankets.Rescue workers turned a square outside the Lushan’s county hospital into a triage center with medical personnel treating the wounded, according to footage on China Central Television.In this photo provided by China’s official Xinhua News Agency, a giant rock blocks the road, about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the county seat of Lushan in Ya’an city, southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Pic: AP Photo/Xinhua, Hai MingweiThe emergency response office for the city of Ya’an said in a written statement that nearly all of the structures in Longmen village collapsed and that nearly 10,000 houses were damaged throughout the county.Hard-hit parts of the county remained unreachable by road, with several highways cut off, the statement said.DisruptedThe county’s power grid has been disrupted and phone services were only partially available, the authorities said. State media said some text and Internet services were working.A person whose posts to a micro-blogging account “Qingyi Riverside” on Sina Corp.’s Twitter-like Weibo service carried a Lushan geotag said that many buildings collapsed and that people could spot helicopters hovering above.Aerial photos released by China’s military and shown on state television showed individual houses in ruins and some stretches of the county seat and villages flattened into rubble.The quake’s shallow depth, less than 13 kilometres, likely magnified the impact and CCTV showed footage from local security cameras shaking. Xinhua said that the quake rattled buildings in the provincial capital of Chengdu 115 kilometers (70 miles), to the east. It caused the shutdown of the city’s airport for about an hour before reopening, state media said.Citizens gather on a street to avoid aftershocks of a quake, in Shifang, southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Pic: Xinhua/Zhang XiaoliLushan, where the quake struck, is home to 124,000 people where the fertile Sichuan plain meets foothills that eventually rise to the Tibetan plateau. The area is near a well-known preserve for pandas, Bifengxia, which Xinhua said was not affected by the quake. Dozens of pandas were moved to Bifengxia from another preserve, Wolong, after its habitat was wrecked by the 2008 quake.Ya’an authorities said more than 2,000 rescuers were dispatched to the disaster area, along with excavators, loaders, 200 tents and 1,400 quilts.Premier Li Keqiang flew to Ya’an to direct rescue efforts, and he and President Xi Jinping ordered officials and rescuers to make saving people the top priority, Xinhua said.Social media users who said they were in Lushan county posted photos of collapsed buildings and reported that water and electricity had been cut off. At least 35 aftershocks — at least two of them at magnitude-5 or higher — shook the area.The area lies near the same Longmenshan fault where the devastating 7.9-magnitude quake struck May 12, 2008, leaving more than 90,000 people dead or missing and presumed dead.
The program for the 2012 Brunswick Music Festival has been announced and it promises to deliver a tour of the world’s music styles, including Greece. Established and emerging artists will perform throughout the festival between March 14 and 25. The festival will kick off at the Sydney Road Street Party on Saturday 4 March. The music program begins on Wednesday 14 March. Fotis Vergopoulos Band with Polyxeni, will deliver the sounds of Greek roots music, and rembetika on Sunday 18 March. Fotis Vergopoulos was born in Melbourne but grew up in the Greek town of Koroni. He developed a passion for Greek roots music through the encouragement of his father Niko who had been a member of the legendary Greek Australian band Apodimi Compania. Fotis is a virtuoso on the six-string bouzouki and has a huge repertoire from the rembetika styles that developed in the 1920s and 30s. He has been playing regularly in Athens this northern winter, with some of the best current performers of old style rembetika including Marios Papadeas and Dimitris Mitarakis. Fotis will be returning from Greece to perform at the Brunswick Music Festival with regular collaborators accordion ace George Butrumlis, Con Kalamaras on baglamas and guitarist Wayne Simmons. They will be joined by two other fine Melbourne musicians from the new band Polyxeni, featuring vocalist Jenny Theologidis and Achilles Yiangoulli on bouzouki and vocals. All six musicians are friends who share a passion for exploring acoustic Greek music and can be regularly heard playing together in various combinations in taverns around Melbourne. For more information and to book visit brunswickmusicfestival.com.au or call the booking office on (03) 9388 1460. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Une nouvelle espèce de scorpion découverte dans la Vallée de la MortIl y a quelques jours, un étudiant de l’Université du Nevada, a découvert une nouvelle espèce de scorpion aux États-Unis.Même dans le Parc National de la Vallée de la Mort, pourtant assez passant, des chercheurs peuvent mettre la main sur de nouvelles espèces. Le Wernerius inyoensis est un petit scorpion qui, à priori, vit sous terre. Mesurant moins de 1,2 centimètres de longueur, il prospère principalement dans un environnement sec et sableux. Matthew Graham, étudiant en doctorat, a découvert l’animal alors qu’il effectuait une recherche nocturne. Il a pu repérer le scorpion en utilisant un rayon ultraviolet spécial qui a rendu l’animal brillant dans le noir. En effet, tout comme ses congénères, le Wernerius inyoensis possède un exosquelette qui devient fluorescent grâce à une substance chimique, explique le Los Angeles Times. L’espèce a ainsi été découverte a l’occasion d’une étude de terrain, créée par le Service des Parcs Nationaux, afin de développer l’inventaire de tous les organismes vivant dans les parcs. Un seul individu mais déjà une nouvelle espèce”Un seul mâle a été découvert, mais son originalité physique nous a permis de l’identifier comme une nouvelle espèce”, précise Michael Webber, également étudiant en doctorat et coauteur de l’étude. Néanmoins, le Wernerius inyoensis semble être relié à deux autres espèces découvertes dans le Parc National de Joshua Tree et le long du Colorado. Ce groupe de scorpions est facilement identifiable par la présence d’une épine à la base de son dard, mais dont la fonction reste encore inconnue.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Les scorpions sont souvent considérés comme des fossiles vivants. Ils existent depuis plus de 400 millions d’années et leur métabolisme a très peu évolué depuis. Ils sont présents sur une grande partie de la planète mais dans le sud-ouest de l’Amérique, ils vivent généralement dans un environnement sec et plutôt dans les déserts”, explique Michael Webber au Los Angeles Times.Le Wernerius inyoensis porte le nom des montagnes Inyo dans lesquelles il a été découvert et devrait rejoindre le Museum d’Histoire Naturelle de San Diego, dans le cadre d’un prêt à long terme.Le 26 mars 2012 à 14:08 • Maxime Lambert
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 31, 2017 – Providenciales – It is 100 days of the new PDM Administration and the government is quiet about what has or has not been accomplished in this often telling, just over, first three months in office. Key for the PDM when it addressed media on priorities was crime, national fiscal health, youth engagement, a national tourism plan, infrastructural enhancements and getting to the problems with health care.While there is evidence that the new administration has been under pressure to get a new budget restarted and completed, to spend budget monies before the end of the fiscal year and working with a UK assessment team and the Opposition to crack down on crime; it is unclear whether or not the PDM accomplished as many of the 100 day goals as they would have liked.While the silence from the government’s side is deafening, the lamenting from the Opposition side is loud and clear. Appointed member and PNP National Chairman Royal Robinson says the more things change, the more they stay the same. In a succinct statement, Hon Robinson runs a list of the five top bills not passed by the PDM in the first 100 days.Service Charge bill, Immigration Repeal and replace bill; Pensions and gratuities amendment bill, Youth Empowerment bill and Freedom of Information bill. Robinson also sent a more detailed media release, it is posted at Magnetic Media TV dot com.#MagneticMediaNews#100daysofPDM#PDMfirst3monthinoffice Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#100daysofPDM, #magneticmedianews, #PDMfirst3monthinoffice
MIAMI (WSVN) – Parts of Biscayne Bay remain under a swim advisory, Sunday.The warning applies to the areas from Broad Causeway south to 79th Street and from Northeast Sixth Avenue east to the Intracoastal.Due to high bacteria levels, officials are urging people to avoid all recreational water activities in those areas.The advisory has been lifted from Northwest 17th Avenue to the west side of Northeast Sixth Avenue.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
15 things you need to qualify for NASA’s astronaut program (pictures) 0 Share your voice Post a comment Sci-Tech Two neutron stars colliding as gravitational waves spill outward. Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes On April 1, scientists will flip the switch on three giant machines that can detect ripples in the very fabric of the universe — the mind-bending phenomena known as “gravitational waves”. The giant twin facilities of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), in Louisiana and Washington, and the Virgo interferometer, stationed in Italy, have recently undergone significant upgrades to improve their many components.Now they’re ready to get back to work.The facilities are able to detect gravitational waves because of a suite of high-powered lasers and mirrors. Each facility is arranged in an “L” shape with perpendicular arms stretching out for miles. At the corner of the L, a laser is fired, zipping down both arms and bouncing off mirrors before being sent back to its origin to recombine.Gravitational waves give off very, very, very faint signals that can disturb the path of the laser and thus allow scientists to detect these universe-rippling events.After upgrading the power of its lasers and replacing its mirrors, LIGO now has an increased sensitivity of about 40 percent over its last run. That will allow the twin facilities to peer across an even more vast amount of space in its effort to detect the waves. Similarly, Virgo has about doubled its own sensitivity.With all three machines running better than ever before, detecting and locating “extreme cosmic events” that result in gravitational waves, such as black holes merging or neutron stars colliding, should get even better — making it much easier to pinpoint exactly where in space the waves originated.”With our three detectors now operational at a significantly improved sensitivity, the global LIGO-Virgo detector network will allow more precise triangulation of the sources of gravitational waves,” said Jo van den Brand, a spokesperson for the collaboration, in a press release.In previous detection runs, LIGO was inspecting the universe at a distance of up to 360 million light-years away. Since 2015, the facilities have detected 11 extreme cosmic events, including 10 black hole mergers and one instance of a neutron star collision. With the upgrade, the facilities will be able to peek an additional 190 million light-years into the universe.”With LIGO and Virgo observing together for the next year, we will surely detect many more gravitational waves from the types of sources we’ve seen so far,” said Peter Fritschel, chief detector scientists with LIGO.”We’re eager to see new events too, such as a merger of a black hole and a neutron star.” 15 Photos Tags
An agreement between the State of Alaska, City of North Pole and Flint Hills Resources will expand the municipal water system to properties impacted by spills at a former refinery. The refinery, closed by Flint Hills two years ago, was the site of historic spills of the industrial solvent sulfolane. The settlement covers more than 650 parcels of land, where North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward said affected residents will have access to public drinking water.Listen now”Provides for an expansion of the full utility system within the city boundaries, as well as outside city boundaries to include the existing sulfolane plume and then also a buffer around that,” Ward said.Ward added that connection charges are covered under the agreement, which also lays out timeline for the expansion.“Construction is expected to begin in 2018 and then operation of phase one and two would be 2019,” Ward said. “And then construction of phase two and three would be 2019 as well.”Flint Hills has provided impacted residents with drinking water since the contamination was discovered, and Mayor Ward says that will continue until the expansion reaches their property. The settlement covers areas where ground water is projected to be impacted by 2030, but State Director of Spill prevention and Response Kristen Ryan said no one will be left out.”If our modeling is off and homes are impacted that are not on the pipe water system, there’s a commitment that water would be provided if their drinking water is impacted above the EPA screening level for sulfolane,” Ryan said.The ground water contamination was first reported in 2009, and it’s unclear how long area residents were drinking from tainted wells. Little is known about long term impacts of consuming sulfolane, and Ryan says the state is awaiting research results.The sulfolane spills at the former North Pole refinery primarily occurred when the facility was owned by William Alaska Petroleum, and Ryan says the current settlement does not include the former owner.”…And we will continue that litigation with a trial set right now for May,” Ryan said.Williams could end up contributing to the North Pole municipal water system expansion, which is estimated to cost up to one hundred million dollars. Under the current agreement, Flint Hills will cover eighty percent of the cost, while the state covers twenty percent. A public open house about the water system expansion is scheduled for February 25th at the North Pole Library.
Visuals, specifically art and art forms, reflect a lot about life, nature and human emotions that surpass the mere power of expression through words. And when it’s about celebrating art, The India Art Festival, which is a modern and contemporary art fair for arts and artists, is the best option an art lover can ask for. The festival is being held from January 14-17 at National Stadium in the national Capital. 40 art galleries and more than 350 artists are participating from 15 different cities and five countries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Festival had its grand opening for its 1st edition in Delhi where many eminent artists were seen, which was inaugurated by Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, national vice president, BJP, Saryu Doshi and Sharon. Well known artists Arpana Caur, Ramesh Bidhuri (Member of Parliament), Sandeep Marwha and Anurudh Lal General Secretary Delhi Pradesh Congress were the special guests at the VIP opening post inauguration.The Festival, which has successfully completed five editions at Mumbai and an international edition at World Trade Centre, Seoul, is a successfully-tested model for dialogue and collaborations between art galleries, independent artists, art collectors and connoisseurs. It is five editions old and the institution Kalavishkar that organises India Art Festival is the publisher of Indian contemporary Art Journal, a decade-old quarterly art magazine which has gained credibility in the country. India Art Festival is mainly aimed at the mid-level galleries who would like to get their value for a moderate expenditure, with some participation from major galleries as well. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAccording to Art Festival Director Rajendra, “India Art Festival has a social and cultural responsibility and so it is pertinent to take it to various cities in India. So, the Delhi edition opens with an unbiased approach. While the India Art Festival is the flagship brand, all the artists and the participating galleries become its ambassadors”. There was a time when the works of the masters were available only with the mainstream galleries. But today, medium to small level galleries and several other secondary market operators deal with the works of the masters. That means the market has literally opened up”. The effort of the India Art Festival is to create large galleries set in Mumbai and Delhi and showcase every year the artworks of the galleries and independent artists who look for exhibition spaces. Some of the participating Art Galleries include Anyahh Art Gallery, Art Konsult, Artsy.com, Galerie Art Eterne, Gallery Pioneer, etc fom Delhi; Artequest Art Gallery, Cymroza Art Gallery, Kanakia Art Foundation, Studio 3 from Mumbai; Indian Art Place, Gallerie Splash, and Uchaan from Gurgaon and Charvi Art Gallery, Grune Elefant Art, Galerie Sara Arakkal from Bangalore and many more galleries across India.Galleries from overseas include: Kirsanov Photography, Zug, Switzerland; Gnani Arts, Singapore; Myanmar Ink Art Gallery, Dubai; and Segar Gallery, Colombo.